Robbie LaFleur

Monthly Archives: August, 2013

The Decisions Along the Way

This is a follow-up to my post, Traditional Icelandic Rya Knots; A Contemporary Adaption, about the warp-weighted loom class I attended at Vesterheim this summer. Four of the five pieces woven … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Great-Grandmother Gunvalda in Color

I’ve been making small tapestry portraits of family members, mostly to explore portraiture in tapestry and to experiment with different yarns.  The small pieces are so instructive.  I wove an … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Value of Things (and Weavings)

Deborah Needleman, in her “Editor’s Letter” in yesterday’s New York Times T Magazine, wrote about fashion and books as desirable physical objects.  I wish I’d written her  words about weaving; … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Finnish Inspiration and a Ribbon at the State Fair

On the Vesterheim Textile Tour in June we visited the Craft Museum of Finland. My Friend Jan Mostrom and I noticed a pillow tucked in the corner of an exhibit. … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Marta and the Potato Analogy

As a weaving instructor, Marta Kløve Juuhl is energetic and supportive and creative.  She taught two classes at Vesterheim this summer and she created a class climate that was conducive … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Traditional Icelandic Rya Knots; A Contemporary Adaption

I took a weaving class in July at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.  Marta Kløve Juuhl, a Norwegian weaver who has been studying and recreating medieval Icelandic pile coverlets, taught two … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Few Ryas in Finland; I Found Them in Budapest

During the Vesterheim Textile Tour to Norway and Finland in June, I was disappointed by the few ryas I saw in Finland.  Even though this tour was not focused on … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Love and Kisses, Congratulations, and a Rug

Helen Elise Davenport Simrill and Kristian Marshall Melom are getting married on August 17.  Congratulations!  My husband Mike and I wish we could be in Atlanta for the wedding, but … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Summer = Minnesota State Fair

This weekend I am preparing some weavings to enter in the Minnesota State Fair.  It’s just around the corner! The Weavers Guild of Minnesota has a booth and guild members … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Enthusiastic Norwegians

I picked up Marta Kløve Juuhl and her friend Sigrid Skeiseide at the Minneapolis airport on July 10, and hosted them overnight before a Vesterheim volunteer drove them to Decorah. … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment